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Social Science Education Center

Social Science Seminars

The Social Science Education Center at Weber State University offers general education credit at a low cost to you as an educator. This is a two-credit-hour history/social science seminar that will meet on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6:45 p.m. at Weber State’s Ogden campus.

We will offer these seminars every semester with a different topic each semester (summer seminars will be a two-week-long condensed session and meet from 9:00 a.m.-Noon). You can repeat these workshops as many times as you’d like. 

The Seminars will:



Our Next Seminar: "Books that Changed History"

"Books that Changed History" 



Here are the weekly topics:  


Sept. 8-   Chairman Mao's Little Red Book by Mao Zedong, Dr. Huiying Hill, Professor and Chair of Sociology

Sept. 15-  Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Dr. Matthew Romaniello, Associate Professor of History

Sept. 22-  Plato's Apology, Dr. Mary Beth Willard, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Sept. 29-  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Dr. Sara Dant, Professor and Chair of History

Oct. 6-      Nunca Más by the Argentine National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons, Dr. Jeff Richey, Associate Professor of History

Oct. 13-   Fall Break

Oct. 20-   The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, Dr. Thom Kuehls, Professor and Chair of Political Science

Oct. 27-   Das Kapital by Karl Marx, Dr. Brady Brower, Professor of History

Nov. 3-   The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, Dr. Leah LaGrone, Assistant Professor of History

Nov. 10-  Common Sense by Thomas Paine, Dr. Vikki Deakin, Professor of History

Nov. 17-   Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Eric Fenrich, Instructor of History

Nov. 23-   Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 1-    An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Dr. Stephen Francis

Dec. 8-   Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Dr. Susan Matt, Professor of History and Director of Interdisciplinary Collaborations


This semester students can take this seminar either for 2 credit hours, or 3 credit hours.  Those choosing to take it for 3 credit hours must read three of the above books.

This seminar will be held on Wednesday evenings starting September 8 from 4:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

The Social Science Education Center is covering the cost of this seminar.

So you will be able to get college credit at No Cost to You.

For further information contact Dr. Stephen Francis



How to Register 

Visit the following link to enroll with Weber State Continuing Education

Scroll down to HIST 2920 "Books that Changed History"  CRN  and click on "Add to Cart"

Enroll Now

****Looking Ahead:  

                 Spring 2022 - TBA               


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Stephen Francis